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Standing in the Shadows of Motown Soundtrack, Deluxe Edition

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The Grammy-winning soundtrack to the documentary that finally introduced the world to the Motown house band known as the Funk Brothers-plus three bonus tracks and an entire disc of instrumental remixes of original Motown hits!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heat Wave
  2. You've Really Got A Hold On Me
  3. Do You Love Me
  4. Bernadette
  5. Reach Out I'll Be There
  6. Ain't Too Proud To Beg
  7. Shotgun
  8. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
  9. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  10. You Keep Me Hanging On
  11. Cool Jerk
  12. Cloud Nine
  13. What's Going On
  14. Band Introduction / Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  15. The Flick
  16. Boom Boom
  17. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
  18. Scorpio

Disc: 2

  1. Funk Brothers In The House
  2. Standing In The Shadows Of Love
  3. Dialogue: Joe Hunter
  4. The One Who Really Loves You
  5. Pride And Joy
  6. Dialogue: Robert White
  7. My Girl
  8. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
  9. Don't Mess With Bill
  10. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
  11. Dialogue: Eddie Willis, Uriel Jones & Jack Ashford
  12. I Second That Emotion
  13. I Was Made To Love Her
  14. Dialogue: Richard "Pistol" Allen
  15. Heard It Through The Grapevine
  16. Home Cookin'
  17. For Once In My Life
  18. Dialogue: Jack Ashford
  19. I Can't Get Next To You
  20. It's A Shame
  21. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  22. Dialogue: Eddie WIllis
  23. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
  24. Dialogue: Lamont Dozier
  25. You're My Everything

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 2004)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • ASIN: B00021LPLA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Well, well. A very interesting review we have here in "An Insult To The Funk Brothers," so if I may be permitted, I'd like to explore it a bit. I'm not the producer of the film or soundtrack but I did work on the project and know all the "behind the scenes" details.
First let's look at the concept of "untarnished live performances." Where in the film or related PR material have the producers stated that these were live performances? This was not a concert. It was six straight days-one artist per day-of recording and filming. Each song was taken five or six times with an invited audience watching and understanding that we would be stopping and starting, just like in any film. These were individual scenes-not parts of a continuous live concert. These performances were no different than a studio session. The only difference was that they happened to be on a stage in front of an audience. The Royal Oak Theater was treated as a soundstage for a film shoot-not a concert.
Secondly, even if it was a "live" concert performance, with the exception of James Brown's `Live At The Apollo' and a few other early live albums, all live albums are edited and corrected when possible. The desired result is good sounding music that moves you-not rigid authenticity to a concept of "untarnished live performances." Most of the most celebrated live albums of all time have been doctored to death. By comparison, `Standing In The Shadows Of Motown' has very few added parts (other than strings) when compared to other live albums. As for the added vocal parts you claimed are "slathered on" to the live tracks of "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted," you're dead wrong.
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I almost crapped myself when i spotted this!

I had the one disc version and the DVD, both of which I enjoyed immensly. This, however, is the iceing on the cake! The 'snakepit' instrumentals is a joy to behold, and shows you that without the dynamics and unison of this band, Most of Motown acts would have scrubbed up no better or worse than Tom Jones or Dusty! The basswork of James Jamerson is self explanitory. Melodies that groove don't really sound this great, but James defined what that singing bass was alllll about. There's as much lyricism in his lines as in the vocal versions themselves!

The bonus tracks on disc one include 'Boom Boom Boom,' and the evergreen 'Higher' by Jackie Wilson, a perfect piece of pop, with Jamerson Sitting on the groove all the way. Dennis Coffey's 'Scorpio' is a breaks classic, the bongo break has long been a staple of Hip Hop sampling. I never knew it was the Funk Brothers on the groove!

The version of 'Heard it Through the Grapevine' kicks like a mule and hook you right in from the off. 'Don't Mess With Bill' is the instrumental side of the Motown revue, with very Jazzy guitar work and Jamerson's bass way out in front. This would be annoying if it weren't for his awesome melodic lines, dem lines!

The final track on disc 2 is Jamerson solo with the Temptations, real history...

If you play bass, start your melodic life here! If you don't, just dance!!!
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I wish I could've been there that day in Detroit when the Funk Brothers took the stage as a headlining act for the first time ever. Since I wasn't there, this CD will have to suffice. At least until the movie and DVD come out.
In addition to 12 live performances of classic Motown songs, there are 3 original Motown songs. "The Flick" was the song the Funk Brothers used to introduce themselves on stage. This tune swings like nobody's business, and really highlights how great the Funk Brothers were.
The "You Keep Me Hanging On (instrumental)" is pretty much just the song without vocals. I had no idea how much stuff was going on in that song. This is a fascinating insight into how the Funk Brothers themselves heard the songs. They would play on songs and not know the names, or lyrics or melodies which were always added later.
"Bernadette (Instrumental)" is presented in a format closer to the Standing in the Shadows of Motown book. For most of the song, the bass is solo'd left with the rhythm tracks in the right channel allowing you to hear Jamerson's playing in it's full glory. The other instruements fade in and out allowing you to hear all of the contributions by the various Funk Brothers. Again, there's a lot more going on in this song than I ever suspected.
It's interesting how 'low fi' the bass sound was on those songs. Any producer today would've thrown those sounds out. When put in the mix, however, they work.
Highlights from the live performance include "Do You Love Me" by Bootsy Collins. If you don't know, Bootsy was the bass player from Parliament. I can't help but laugh when I think of Patrick Swayze dancing to Bootsy's rendition of this song. I can't wait to see this live.
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Probably one of the last great untold stories in the history popular music, is of the group of musicians that played on nearly every hit record that Motown Records released from 1959 to 1971. The Funk Brothers were the engine that helped made this little Detroit record label into a cultural icon. Recorded and filmed in December of 2000, this soundtrack features the surviving members playing several Motown classics backing such guest vocalists as Gerald Levert, Joan Osborne, and Chaka Khan. Gerald Levert delivers gritty performances on "Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Shotgun", while Joan Osborne delivers one of the shows emotional high points with her interpretation of "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted". The only artist who seems a bit out of place is Ben Harper with his performance of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", sounding tentative and lacking the urgency and fire of Marvin Gaye's version. The band themselves are excellent. These guys are all in their 60's and 70's, and still play with the same energy they did all those years ago. One of the other highlights of the album are the instrumental mixes of the Four Tops "Bernadette" and the Supremes "You Keep Me Hangin' On". Hearing these tracks without the vocals gives you an entirely different picture and appreciation for the Funk Brothers musicianship. This project was obviously done with a great deal of love and respect for the creators of this amazing music, so Dr. Licks and the other people involved with making this happen should be applauded for their efforts. This album and the film come highly recommended.
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